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Oxford Summer Institute on Modern and Contemporary Judaism

Since 2016, the Berman Center for Jewish Studies has co-sponsored the Oxford Summer Institute in Modern and Contemporary Judaism, for which Professor Jodi Eichler-Levine and Professor Hartley Lachter serve as co-conveners, along with founders Dr. Miri Freud-Kandel (Oxford) and Professor Adam Ferziger (Bar Ilan University). This program brings together an international group of scholars around interdisciplinary themes and questions in modern Jewish studies.  It functions as an advanced workshop in which a combination of outstanding senior scholars of Jewish religion and culture from around the globe join with select faculty from the University of Oxford and a select group of early career European Jewish Studies scholars for a week of intensive study and intellectual exchange. Recent themes have included “Technology,” “Worship, Space, and Performance,” and, in July 2023, “Authority and Leadership.”

Past Conferences and Symposia

  • 2015 - Benjamin and Judaism Conference
  • 2007 - No Direction Home: Re-imagining Jewish Geography
  • 2004 - Imagining Jews: Contemporary Explorations
  • 2003 - Volume: Impossible Images: Contemporary Art after the Holocaust
  • 2000 - Representing the Holocaust: Practices, Products, Projections
  • 2000 - Volume: Mapping Jewish Identities
  • 1998 - Mapping Jewish Identities
  • 1997 - Volume: The Archaeology of Israel: Constructing the Past, Interpreting the Present
  • 1994 - The Archaeology of Israel: Constructing the Past/Interpreting the Present
  • 1994 - Volume: The Other in Jewish Thought and History: Constructions of Jewish Culture and Identity
  • 1992 - The Other in Jewish Thought and History
  • 1991 - Volume: New Perspectives on Israeli History: The Early Years of the State 
  • 1990 - New Perspectives on Israeli History: The Early Years of the State
  • 1989 - Fundamentalism as a Political Force in the Middle East